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what to do if i think i have ocd or autism spectrum repetitive behavior please help me?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
OCD vs ASD: You should consult your doctor for a referral to mental health professionals for evaluation. There are many approaches to managing the symptoms of both, non medication approaches including cognitive behavioral training as well as medications.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an autism spectrum disorder?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Autism: Autism is in news lately. It is a dysfunction of the ability of a person to relate to others. It is sometimes associated with slow learning but a less common form (asperger's) has a high rate of focused talent. The cause is unknown but seems to be a 'wiring" disorder of the brain. It is not related to vaccine use. This is a very frustrating illness for parents who want to have love returned.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms that someone with autism spectrum disorder might have?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends some on age.: Autism spectrum disorder is still being defined, but the intent is to refer to individuals with autism-like symptoms of differing severity. The 3 broad areas of problems are impaired ability to connect with other socially, impaired language, and odd or bizarre behaviors. Each of these categories have specific criteria that must be assessed in the context of the patients mental age.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Who do you go to see if you you have possible autism spectrum disorder?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
A Dr with Experience: Many specialties deal with this area. Some pediatricians, some psychiatrists, some family doctor, but some drs don't deal with this at all. A new professional group called maps (medical academy of pediatric special needs) focuses on this problem. . Talk to other parents who have children on the spectrum and find out who they have found to be helpful. Check parent support groups taca, & autism one.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Hi. I have an autism spectrum disorder. Please suggestwho should I could talk to regarding this.

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Various approaches: There is no proven cure for autism, but a variety of interventoins can help improve function. Broadly, they break down into behavioral, educational, and physiological. There is no compelling evidence that any currently available physical intervention (vitamin supplements, chelation therapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatments and on and on) "fix" autism. Beware or excessive promises.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
If you have met one person/child with autism you have met one person/child with autism. Different things work for different patients, just like any disease or treatment. With all due respect to my colleague, I have seen vitamins and HBOT make a considerable improvment in the symptoms and behavior of autism. Does it cure them, very rarely. Are they improved? Often they are.
Apr 6, 2012
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Provided original answer
I appreciate Dr. Ahrendsen's comments. I did not say such treatments are never of benefit, but I have yet to see a child with well-diagnosed autism "cured" with available physicological interventions. I refer families to DAN doctors or others with similar expertise if they wish to try such interventions but urge them to use the same criteria to assess benefit they would with other treatments.
Apr 6, 2012
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between autism, autism spectrum?

5 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Semantics: The diagnosis of autism has broadened. The term has also been softened with euphemisms like "asd" (autistic spectrum disorder). Clinically, the terms are now interchangeable.

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